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The Kingston curfew on Halloween has people talking. Some say it’s too early and others saying it could be clamping down on the wrong crowd. As the holiday approaches, YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the curfew controversy.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- It’s that time of year again when kids in costume go door to door for sugary sweets, but this year, the curfew is creating some conversation.
“It’s got it dos and don’ts,” said Jay Binney. “I’m kind of for it and kind of against it.”
Jay Binney says while he feels some folks may be crunched for time to get their trick-or-treaters out the door and wrapped up by 7 p.m., he understands it’s a safety precaution.
“Some parents work 'till 6 or 6:30 p.m. By the time you have dinner and get homework done with the kids, it has its questions, but I think kids can get enough candy, have a little fun for a couple of hours and call it a night,” said Binney.
And Myron Jacob agrees.
“Gives them a couple hours to do what they’ve got to do,” said Jacob.
However, he and many others are still concerned with the age constraints. As the curfew states, neighborhood streets are to be clear of all 16-year-olds and younger, it has many questioning what’s to come with older kids left curfew-less during the later hours.
“That’s when the mischief takes place,” said Jacob.
But area police say the 7 p.m. ending is all in an effort to ensure a safe Halloween for the little ones as they now voice a warning to those who may be out for tricks rather than treats.
“Go somewhere else. Don’t do it in Kingston. There’s no use in being out past 7 p.m. for trick-or-treating,” said Lt. Cliff Tremper of Kingston Police Department. “Time set aside for that is before 7 p.m. and, again, it’s for the safety of the youngsters with the darkness and who’s out there after that time.”
Tremper says there will be no additional patrols out on Halloween, but police will be more concentrated in residential areas, looking out for children and working to enforce the curfew helping to guarantee a fun-filled night that folks like Binney are looking forward to.
“All and all it’s a good thing,” said Binney.